Master of Science in Nursing Administration (MSN)

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Program Overview

The Nursing Administration program prepares professional nurses for first line management or administrative positions in a variety of health care settings.  Students participate in practicum experiences in diverse health care settings.  Through the combination of classroom and practicum experiences, students develop the knowledge and skills required for advanced practice as manager and nurse executives. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd., N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, (404) 975-5000. .

Program Requirements

The MSN - Nursing Administration program has a minimum requirement of 36 semester hours.  Students must complete either a thesis (4 semester hours) or directed research (2 semester hours) or capstone project (2 semester hours).  A written comprehensive examination is administered during the last semester of administrative theory.  Please see the Graduate Catalog for a detailed explanation of the MSN-Nursing Administration program requirements.

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably expect to finish the MSN - Nursing Administration program in one and one-half to two years.  Students carrying part-time course loads have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Faculty Research Interests

Details about individual faculty and their interests can be found on the Department of Nursing web site.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the MSN - Nursing Administration program must have completed a statistics course with a grade of “C” or better and completed an undergraduate nursing research course. Applicants must also submit a resume, three letters of recommendation, and proof of Illinois nursing license, or eligibility for licensure in Illinois.

Department Contact Information

Department Chair
Dr. Cindy Brubaker, (309) 677-2547,

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Deb Erickson, (309) 677-4974,

Department Secretary
Anna Estes, (309) 677-2530,

Program Coordinator